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Chicago Sun-Times : U2’s ’Pop’ is tops in album sales — for now

mardi 18 mars 1997

Source : Chicago Sun-Times

From The Chicago Sun-Times :

U2’s ’Pop’ is tops in album sales — for nowTOM CRUZE

Will Aerosmith’s "Nine Lives" live up to the buzz ?

Sales figures won’t be available until next week. But now dominating worldsales is U2’s "Pop," which made short work of Howard Stern’s "PrivateParts" soundtrack, the former chart leader. "Pop" is in the top slot withU.S. sales of 349,000, while Stern’s soundtrack tumbled from No. 1 to No. 11 on this week’s Billboard 200 chart. "Private Parts" had first-week salesof 178,000, but fell to 87,000, said Warner Bros. Records representatives, citing SoundScan figures.

However, both U2 and Stern were eclipsed in historical chart importanceby LeAnn Rimes, 14, the youngest person ever to have two albums in the top 10 with her new "Unchained Melody/The Early Years" (No. 2) and"Blue" (No. 10).

With its U.S. sales alone, Irish rockers U2 easily topped the first-weektotals of other albums that have bowed at No. 1 so far this year — Live’s "Secret Samadhi" (more than 227,000), Rimes’ "Unchained Melody/TheEarly Years" (more than 166,000), and the soundtracks to "Private Parts" and "Gridlock’d" (more than 150,000 each). The album also enteredcharts at No. 1 in more than 18 countries.

While some had high hopes that U2’s heavily touted release could jump-start the music industry with record numbers, the debut pales when compared with first-week tallies of past chart-toppers.

Pearl Jam sold more than 950,000 copies of "Vs." in its debut week inNovember, 1993. That figure remains the record for a debut in theSoundScan era.

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